BBB Warns of Publishers Clearing House Scam Going Around

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The Publishers Clearing House drawing is coming up soon, but the scams surrounding this reputable company are here now.

The BBB warns consumers to be on the lookout for calls that claim that you have been selected as a winner of their lottery then require you to send payment in order to receive your prizes.

Publishers Clearing House clearly states on their website that the winning is always free and you never have to pay to claim a prize award.  "If someone contacts you claiming to be from PCH, and tells you that you’ve won a prize award – then asks you to send a payment or money card in order to claim the prize – STOP!  You have not heard from the real PCH. "

The BBB has learned from Publishers Clearing House that they do not call anyone to notify them that they've won money.  You can reach the PCH fraud hot line at 800-392-4190 if you receive a suspicious call from anyone purporting to be with their company.

As always, you can contact the BBB as well to report this scam or other suspicious phone calls at (256) 850-0719.


  • Shirley Tyler

    Just got my winning call. $1,000,000 and a new car. Hung up on me when I told them I thought they just came to the door with balloons. Deborah Holland, Executive Vice President of Publishers Clearing House said Honey you are the big winner. What a line of bull!

  • d.wilson

    Illinois – Was called to say I was winner of PCH cash prize of 850,00 plus a new Mercedes Benz. They said they had the car on a flat bed truck and wanted to come to my home in 45-60 minutes to deliver the car and present the money. Then they said they would escort me to my bank with the prize money. Also said I would have to sign for the car. Disgusting how they try to prey on people. Their contact number was 876 571-8325, Ext 5 “Dave Sawyer”. Beware!

  • judy damiano

    publishers clearing house is a big scam, been sending in entries for over 50 years and nothing, they just want you to buy their crap and magazines, I will never waste another stamp or waste my time on the computer with phony give aways

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